Wednesday, January 21, 2015


For Kako Katsumi, thinking outside the box or rather on top of the box would seem second nature. Illustrated is a Jomon influenced covered box, futamono by Kako with alternating areas of carved pattern and ash glazed panels and interior. The lid is of simple, yet well carved wood with a rich pattern atop which is affixed an ash glazed knob. The rustic knob ties in well with the surface and curved decoration of the box all the while serving as a perfect addition to a rather decorative and functional pot. Though the use of a ceramic knob on wood is not necessarily unusual, Kako Katsumi has made excellent use of this device which ties together the ceramic and wood components flawlessly, detail after detail ending in the creation of the whole.